Motus in the News

Learn more about the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a coordinated hemispheric tracking system for migratory flying animals!

2018-06-29 - Depletion of Ogallala Aquifer Affecting Region's Migratory Birds : Texas Tech Today

Graduate research assistant Kristen Heath is tracking the Snowy Plover as availability of fresh water is reduced from lack of saline lakes.

2018-05-26 - New wildlife tracking tower unveiled : Bay Today

A new radio telemetry tower was unveiled Friday at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area. The new tower located at the top of the chairlift at Laurentian Ski Hill is tracking birds and other winged creatures as part of an international monitoring network. The North Bay tower is a collaboration between the Nipissing Naturalists, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and Bird Studies Canada.

2018-05-25 - North Bay now on global map for wildlife tracking : The Nugget

A radio telemetry tower unveiled Friday at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area is tracking birds and other winged creatures as part of an international monitoring network. The installation of the tower is a project of the Nipissing Naturalists, North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and Bird Studies Canada.

2018-05-21 - While you sleep, scientists will use a space telescope to spy on migrating birds : Popular Science

A look at how advancing technology is allowing scientists to gain new information on bird movements including ICARUS, Motus, spectrograms, and geolocators.

2018-05-17 - Nanotag studies help biologists learn more about coastal Cheniers : StMaryNow

Samantha Collins of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is using Motus in part to help determine the importance of chenier habitats as key stopover locations of Swainson's Thrush and Northern Water Thrush.

2018-04-22 - Birds packing high-tech gear help scientists understand the migratory mysteries and dangerous life of the red knot : The Globe and Mail

From Arctic breeding grounds to the farthest tip of South America, this bird has one of the longest voyages in the animal kingdom. Now, decline of habitat and a key food source on the trip are making the endangered species’ travels even more hazardous. Canadian-U.S. researchers are going along for the virtual ride to learn how to help.

2018-04-01 - This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration : Audubon

After bouncing back from near extinction, the Kirtland's Warbler is helping scientists understand the outsize role of winter habitat for migratory birds.

2018-03-04 - New technology tracks bird migrations : Finger Lakes Times

This past fall DEC installed a Motus Wildlife Tracking Tower at Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area to monitor bird migration through this critical migration corridor and stopover site.

2018-03-03 - Parry Sound Nature Club learns about incredible scientific program : ParrySound.com

The Parry Sound Nature Club gathered at the West Parry Sound District Museum to hear guest speaker Stuart Mackenzie, the migration program manager at Bird Studies Canada, explaining the Motus Wildlife Tracking System being used to study migratory animals, birds, and insects.

2018-02-15 - Tracking birds in flight over the Philadelphia skies : PennCurrent

A Motus monitoring station soon to be installed on the roof of David Rittenhouse Labs will help researchers better understand urban bird migration.

2018-01-26 - Offshore Mission Collecting Data on Wind Turbines : ecoRI News

Migratory sea birds, with tiny transmitters glued to their backs, are flying missions that will determine the collision risk between them and offshore wind turbines and show how they react to these structures.

2018-01-01 - Tracking Migratory Birds in Eastern Georgian Bay : LandScript

This past spring, the Georgian Bay Land Trust joined a fast- growing scientific research network for which our widely spaced coastal holdings are perfectly suited and situated.

2017-11-29 - New Tampa Bay Site Tracks Birds with Nanotags : Bay Soundings; Tampa Bays Environmental news

The addition of two Motus stations along the Gulf Coast near Tampa will increase our knowledge of how migratory birds use this important stopover location. A truly collaborative effort between Eckerd College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Pinellas County Parks, and Tampa Electric.

2017-11-17 - Where Do Songbirds Go to Die? : The Atlantic

After revolutionizing bird-migration science over the past decade, geolocation technology is poised to shine light on the field’s darkest mystery.

2017-10-31 - Georgian Bay wilderness protected through annual Bayscapes art auction : Parry Sound North Star

The Georgian Bay Land Trust collaborates with Bird Studies Canada to install a Motus Station at the Port Severn Wetlands in Ontario, with a focus to expand the network throughout eastern Georgian Bay in 2018

2017-10-18 - The World Outdoors: Data systems help bird knowledge soar : The London Free Press

In August, Tara Crewe of Bird Studies Canada presented her research about improving the use and application of the Motus wildlife tracking system for bird movement studies. This technology relies on an international network of automated radio-telemetry stations that pick up signals from tiny digitally encoded radio transmitters known as “nano-tags” that have been fixed on migratory birds and other small animals.

2017-10-05 - Block Island Wind Farm helps researchers monitor offshore bird and bat migrations : Rhode Island Public Radio

The Block Island Wind Farm now has a wildlife tracking station aimed at helping researchers learn more about offshore flight patterns of small birds and bats that are likely to become endangered or extinct in the foreseeable future unless federal action is taken.

2017-09-19 - Deepwater Wind Installs Wildlife Tracking Station on Offshore Block Island Wind : Power Engineering

A new wind farm on Block Island, RI will double as a new site for a Motus station run by the USFWS, University of Rhode Island, and the University of Massachusetts

2017-09-07 - Filling gaps of bird tracking system on Louisiana's coast : KALB

The department, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program and Louisiana Wildlife Fisheries Foundation have installed 13 Motus receiver stations since spring 2016, and plan to have a line of 32 stations by July 2018 to provide nearly seamless coverage of the coast.

2017-09-07 - Filing gaps of bird tracking system on Louisiana's coast : Bristol Herald Courier

State wildlife officials say a $100,000 grant and free access to extensive lands along Louisiana's coast will help fill the gaps in a series of solar-powered towers to track radio-tagged migratory birds.

2017-08-18 - Barn swallow haven reveals a treasure trove of bird data : Waterloo Region Record

A new Motus station innitiated by private landowners and local naturalist will help track radio tagged Barn swallows in Southern Ontario

2017-08-06 - Monet Musings and Motus Monitoring : Wildlife Preservation Canada

Captive-bred Eastern Loggerhead Shrike’s are fitted with Motus nanotags prior to release to track their movements.

2017-08-01 - Conservationists work to help vulnerable species : Victoria Advocate

Susan Heath, director of conservation for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory collects data from 12 Motus receivers along the Texas coast. Volunteers aid in monitoring American Oystercatcher’s and help maintain the Motus network.

2017-07-30 - Kirtland's Warbler Expedition Blog : Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

The Kirtland's Warbler is an endangered migratory songbird that breeds almost exclusively in Michigan and winters primarily in the Bahamas. Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center scientists study Kirtland's warblers using the Motus network to better understand their full annual cycle and contribute to the conservation of the species. The following is an ongoing, first-person account of their research in the field.

2017-06-15 - Study Finds Thrushes Make Remarkable Non-Stop Flights From South America : Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Researchers from 7 institutions in Colombia, the United States, and Canada conducted a study utilizing Motus to track Gray-cheeked Thrush. Data reveal that the number of days it takes for a bird to migrate to its breeding grounds is directly related to conditions at a single stopover site.

2017-06-13 - Motus wildlife tracking tower would put North Bay on North American map : Nugget

The Nipissing Naturalists are working with the North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority to raise $10,000 to install a Motus Wildlife Tracking station at the Laurentian Escarpment Conservation Area as part of an international wildlife tracking effort.

2017-05-01 - Taking flight: a high-tech approach to studying birds : In The Field

With funding from CANARIE’s Research Software program, Bird Studies Canada is creating a research portal that ties together data from all Motus receiver stations, including historical data, to allow more researchers to manage, analyze, explore and visualize bird movement data on their path to discovery.

2017-04-14 - Science of spring: Songbirds now report their location as they fly : Ottawa Citizen

Automation has come to the world of biologists who study bird migration, taking away some of the hard labour involved in studying tiny creatures that live in treetops, as highlighted through Dr. Bridget Stutchbury and Wood Thrush migration.

2017-04-11 - The new migration science : The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A review of current methods for tracking birds

2017-04-01 - Tiny Transmitters tracking birds and butterflies : Birdlife Polokwane

A highlight of how the Motus network is being used to study migratory birds and insects over the Gulf of Mexico from South America to North America

2017-03-16 - Bahamas Ntl. Trust facilitates Migratory Bird Tracking System : The Bahamas Weekly

An advanced wildlife tracking system was installed at Andros recently to monitor the behaviour of migratory birds as part of an international research effort.

2017-03-16 - The World Outdoors: Science unravels migration mysteries : Stratford Beacon

A brief overview of Motus in the Stratford Beacon Herald.

2017-03-06 - Scientists track, for the first time, one of the rarest songbirds on its yearlong migration : Smithsonian

The journey of the Kirtland's Warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methods.

2017-02-21 - Wingtips at our fingertips : Harrowsmith

Stu Mackenzie of Bird Studies Canada shares how the organization is researching bird populations and patterns with the monumental Motus Wildlife Tracking System.

2017-02-10 - The tiny transmitters tracking birds from North to South America : BirdLife International

Brief overview of Motus in a Birdlife International feature piece, focusing on the collaboration with BirdLife Partners Audubon Panama and Guyara Paraguay in expanding the South American array.

2017-02-03 - Tiny Bird gets a hand from N.J. in global fight to survive : North Jersey

Researchers visit South America to help Semipalmated Sandpipers, which pass through Jersey on 3,300-mile migration.

2017-01-25 - Conserving Canada's wild birds: Motus Wildlife Tracking System : CANARIE News

A blog post by CANARIE, a major funder of Motus development, examining the Motus system.

2017-01-11 - Tracking birds, bats and bugs in real time : Norfolk News

Motus wildlife tracking system a benevolent Big Brother for species at risk.

2017-01-05 - How everyone - even you - can help scientists learn about climate change : TVO: Climate Watch

Citizen scientists contribute greatly to our understanding of climate change, but a new radio telemetry technology could help them do even more.

2017-01-04 - What's killing the world's shorebirds? : Nature

Researchers brave polar bears, mosquitoes and gull attacks in the Canadian Arctic to investigate an alarming die off.

2017-01-01 - Automated radio telemetry stations : Southeast National Wildlife Refuges; Inventory and Monitoring

Highlighting the contribution of the Southeast Region Inventory and Monitoring Branch of the National Wildlife Refuge System to the Motus network in the South Atlantic coast.

2017-01-01 - Audubon tracks Semipalmated Sandpipers from South America to Delaware Bay : NJ Environment News

A piece highlighting the work done by David Mizrahi and his team, tracking migratory shorebirds around Delaware Bay, specifically Semipalmated Sandpipers.

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